New page with freebies!

Hi guys, ive just been doing some work on my blog & have added a couple of new pages, one for video links & tutorials the other for giveaways… woo hoo!

I hope this makes it easier for you to find everything. 😏😌

To make sure you don’t miss out, follow my blog…just hit the blue ‘follow’ button on my blog, then follow the instructions… you can set it to notify you of new posts & never miss out on a giveaway – ❤️🦁🎨

I also wanted to take a minute to tell you about some exciting news! I am currently working on illustrations for a wonderful childrens story book ‘Fabulous Ferdi’ by author JR Poulter & designer Takara Beech…. it will be released later this year by Word Wings Publishing.

In the meantime I will show you wips & sketches along the way!

©Lion Art Studio – Michelle Webb

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iPad for artists…who’d have thunk it!

I recently purchased an iPad Pro & Apple Pencil… after a lot of research (asking my artist mates)…as i need to work when away from my studio. Much as i lovemy Cintiq 24hd & Alienware i7, neither are particularly portable, & to get the equivalent i need at least $5000 handy….not possible!! So my quest for an alternative led me to Apple, & a handy app called Procreate.. i expected to be able to sketch, rough out ideas & then take them back to work on actual paintings…. but what ive found, is i can do so much more! Procreate provides a nice array of brushes & tools, along with canvas sizes  big enough for large scale output….while the 12.9″ screen of top iPad Pro with 256gb & the impressive, responsive Apple Pencil give artists enough horsepower to accomplish complex artwork with around 10hours batery life. Theres other apps -Adobe sketch, Sketchbook Pro etc but they dont quite measure up to Procreate..

I do love Painter & PS, plus my favourite toy will always be my Cintiq….but im very pleased to bring Apple along for the ride ☺

First sketch trying out Procreate, just mucking around with various brushes.

©Lion Art Studio

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Openminds & progressive thinking at Mornington Rotary Art Show!

I have 2 artworks in Rotary Mornington Art Show, opening on Thursday night 19th. Entering my digitally painted pieces into this fine art show, i expected it to be rejected. The fine art world tends to be very anti digital art, the meer thought of it being compared to traditional is enough to turn them white as a ghost!! To my delight & surprise, my work was accepted…showing me things are changing, & that Rotary are very progressive & forward thinking. Dropping of my pieces to the gallery, i saw so much wonderful art….so im looking forward to seeing it all & talking art with other artists & patrons. Hopefully i will sell both, & a percentage goes to Rotary for the various causes they are involved with….this majes me happy, as i love using my art to make a difference. For those who live in Melbourne, the Peninsular is a beautiful place to visit…the gala opening will have music, food & fun, or check out the show for the next week. Cheers -❤🦁🎨

 

Sketches for Ferdi!

Ive just begun work on a childrens book im illustrating….totally excited as its my first one!

Author JR Poulter, book designer Takara Beech & Word Wings publishing, are the awesome gang im working with…im very grateful for the oportunity, as not only is it a job, its also a great learning experience. As others artists know, its extemely competitive…getting into book illustrating not only takes hard work, you have to be of a calibre hign enough that publishers will be willing to give you a break…. this is exactly what Word Wings & Jen Poulter have done for me.

Im at the beginning of the process, developing characters for ‘Fabulous Ferdi-Horse With Heart’. The story is Very close to my heart,  which is something Jennifer is very clever at- selecting the perfect artist for each wonderful story she writes! I spent most of my life riding, training & racing horses, & my daughter did the pony club & kids racing circuit… i still love horses very much & any opportunity to ride & spend time with them is precious.

As i progress with the illustrations, i will be showing you some wips… i really hope you join me on this ride…& for those with children… release date is later this year, kids will totally fall in love with Ferdi & his friends…i know i have.

Cheers – ❤🦁🎨

 

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